Moving on into 1 Kings in our walk through the Bible, I look at the life of Solomon, seeking to answer how a man who started out with such promise can end up with such a negative divine assessment at the end of his reign. This is particularly troubling when we realize that Solomon, unlike Saul, was one who, "embraced the covenant from the heart." If God promised to build his kingdom, how could he go wrong? What about the troubling word "if" in God's promises to Solomon? Do God's promises rest on divine initiative, or human actions? And with respect to what? I am indebted to Drs. Phil Long, Jack Collins and, I believe, John Murray in my interpretation here.